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The big benefit of time away

I would like to thank those of you who have been asking about this blog and who wanted to know if and/or when I would be getting back to writing.

Well I’m pleased to say that I plan to be writing regularly again.

There were several reasons for stopping writing and they included:

  • the blog wasn’t achieving the goals I had set
  • I entered the busiest period of my Doctorate research and that required all my time
  • perhaps most importantly, I felt I had run out of helpful things to say

Time Away

The beauty of some time away from writing is that I had time to reflect on what the blog had achieved, including allowing me the chance to write guest posts for people such as Microsoft. It also helped me clarify the meaning of what I had written and how that shaped my views of coaching. Furthermore, it gave me the chance to learn tons more and this has helped re-charge my batteries and aided me in working out that there is still plenty to share with you.

So, once again, I just wanted to thank you for your patience and I would encourage you to drop me a line to let me know if there is anything specific you want me to cover. I’m always happy to write about specific issues you may be having with your coaching and leadership.

Please pass on the blog site address to anyone who is leading a team who you think might benefit from my rambling thoughts about how to naol  this vital leadership skill set. Thank you, Glenn

3 Questions Leaders Ask About Coaching

I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with hundreds of senior leaders in organisations of all sizes, complexity and sectors. During the early days of meeting with clients they can seek extra information to help establish what and how I do what I do. Here are three that get asked of me frequently.  I’veContinue Reading

A Coaching Experiment

I have recently read a very interesting book written by Eric Ries, titled, “The Lean Startup”. It provoked a lot of thought and reflection on how I tend to go about business development. Whilst much of it was quite oriented towards tech-start-ups, some of the advice probably holds true for all businesses. One of theContinue Reading

Be clear on what you need to be

There is a lot of advice about starting your own business that makes it clear that you have to take on a number of roles, often within the same day, just to keep your business up and running. You need to be principal marketer, accountant, chief IT engineer and many others, not to mention doingContinue Reading

Coach: Heal thyself

I had a client recently ask me, at very short notice, if they could change an appointment that we had in our diaries. Something that was business critical had just arisen and they really needed to stay in the office to resolve it. We agreed a new date and I was suddenly left with aContinue Reading

100% or nothing

I have long thought that there are only two states that we can adopt that allow us to accurately judge our own performance: 100% effort and 0%. I’m no positivist but it seems that if you adopt either of these positions you can review your efforts with a degree of confidence. Anything else is justContinue Reading

#200 Free Coaching and Performance Posts

This is post number 200 at The Executive Coaching Blog. I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has kindly commented or supported this work here and on various social media platforms (You can find me on Twitter, G+ and Facebook). I would like to pass on a particularContinue Reading

Don’t mention the “C” word here!

There is more than one organisation that I have had the pleasure of working with over the years who have greeted me with something like, “We want to help improve the performance of the business through our people, we just don’t want to call it ‘coaching’”. Initially I was a bit taken aback. Then IContinue Reading

No Job Too Small

I have written in this blog before about my limitations (mostly of motivation!) when it comes to DIY. It’s not an area in which I possess either much experience or skill. As a result, I resort – probably too often – to finding someone who has both of these attributes, coupled with the desire toContinue Reading

Stop-Over Success Story

This post digresses slightly from my usual theme of coaching but is still very much focused on great business performance. Let me introduce you to a story about Chase and Brandon. Following a fairly long car journey down the fascinating Central Valley of California, my family and I stopped at our planned “half-way house”: aContinue Reading